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In Metro Manila, students get LRT, PNR, and MRT free rides starting July onwards!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | July 06, 2019
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Wet weather will settle in Metro Manila all throughout the week, and it might even stay for the entire month! The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that at least two to three tropical cyclones will enter the Philippines this July.

But for some good news, students can now ride the LRT, MRT, and PNR trains for free after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) initiated the program. Speaking of the MRT, some U-turn slots along Commonwealth Avenue and C5 in Parañaque City are relocated to give way to the construction of MRT-7. For air travel, major airlines have signed a pledge that aims to improve the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. To get the full details, keep reading.

Weather: Expect generally rainy weather for the entire month.

According to PAGASA, at least two to three tropical cyclones will enter the Philippine area of responsibility for the entire month of July [1]—which is why you can expect mostly rainy weather for this week. Along with the big chance of thunderstorms, expect cooler temperature during the day that will range from 31 °C to 34 °C. Meanwhile, temperatures will range from 25 °C to 25 °C [2] at night.

Bringing an umbrella everywhere is a must, along with other items for rain protection. If you live in a flood-prone area, be wary of water-borne diseases such as leptospirosis, typhoid fever, cholera, and hepatitis. Diseases like dengue are also common during rainy seasons. Make sure to observe proper hygiene and take vitamins for prevention.

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Students can now ride the LRT, MRT, and PNR trains for free

Good news for students: your LRT-2, MRT, and PNR train fares would be the least of your worries since DOTr implemented free rides for students on weekdays, except holidays. Launched last July 1, the Student Free Ride program is available to students up to college level as well as those taking technical vocational courses. However, post-graduate students are not included. The LRT-1 is not part of the program since it is operated by the Light Rail Manila Corporation.

Free LRT-2 rides are free for students from 4:30 AM to 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. For MRT-3, free rides can be availed from 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Lastly, PNR rides from 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM will be free [3]. Currently, students only have to present their ID to avail of the free ride.

Ride-sharing apps to hold “TNVS holiday” on July 8

Heads up to frequent users of ride-sharing applications: it might be harder to book rides on July 8 due to a strike organized by transport network vehicles services (TNVS) drivers [4]. The “TNVS holiday” will start from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, which means services will go offline for 12 hours. The holiday is a protest against LTFRB’s inconsistencies regarding the application and registration progress for TNVS drivers.

U-turn slots will be relocated for the MRT-7 construction

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials announced the relocation of U-turn slots along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and C5 Road in Parañaque City to allow the construction of the MRT-7 extension and C5 Southlink expressway project.

For those who frequently use the U-turn slot in front of a CW Home Depot on Commonwealth Avenue, you may now use the U-turn slot on Tandang Sora. The new U-turn along C5 will be adjacent to the Heritage Park in Taguig City [5].

Travel Update: Major airlines signed pledge to better service and NAIA decongestion

Several airline operators in the country such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, PAL Express, and CebGo have signed a pledge to commit to lessen the congestion at the NAIA. Included in this commitment are conducting reviews of flight operations to keep an eye on flight numbers, craft movement and rotation, and accountability for flight cancellations and delays. In addition, the airlines stressed responsibility for the development of mechanisms for the discipline of their staff to provide better service [6].

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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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